October 30, 2010

Yemen Arrests Two Women in Air Cargo Bomb Plot, Seizes 26 Packages

Yemen often initially blames the deranged loner. For example, the recent murder of a French engineer was said to be a personal matter, however the murderer was later found to be a member of the Yemeni security forces as well as an associate of Anwar al Awlaki.

Yemen Post: According to a senior governmental official who spoke to Yemen Post on anonymity, Yemeni security forces arrested two Yemeni women under suspicion of sending the packages to the United States.

The Yemeni official claims that the two women sent the packages in order to damage the reputation of Yemen and not on links of Al-Qaeda. He denied that Al-Qaeda had links to the packages that were sent.

The source confirmed to Yemen Post that the two ladies are believed to have tried to send the packages to Jewish schools in the United States.

At the same time, Yemen predictably began a duplicitous media campaign for internal consumption denying the bombs shipped from Yemen. Parliament criticized President Obama's remarks and al Motamar, the paper of President Saleh's powerful ruling party, continues the misleading meme with an article entitled, Yemen says UPS planes never take off or land in it. "The official wondered how the media mentioned the name of Yemen reporting that an explosive device was found onboard a cargo plane that landed in London coming from Yemen...We urge the media not to make hasty judgments about sensitive issues."

And its working. One Yemeni wants to know, "Why do not expect that this work was done by America itself for military intervention in Yemen and the control of the strategic location of Yemen?" Another notes, "there are no direct flighs from Yemen to THE UK. How did this happen? can you tell us about this flight of the UPS cargo flight to London? I think that there is something wrong . It is your duty to find out the truth .Otherwise you are no...t journalist .You should write the truth and not just coping what you have heared please." Another view holds, "This is a dirty game, that was played by these regimes (Saleh's & Obama's) and intellegent agencies and we, the citizens in both sides, end up paying the price."

Meanwhile, the leader of AQAP Nassir al Washishi has bragged that the terror group infiltrated the security forces, and its a charge made by observers across the political spectrum. Yemen airport authorities are very good at preventing journalists and activists from leaving Yemen for human rights conferences. Packages not so much. There's constant smuggling of a variety of products and persons into and out of Yemen.

The air ports are under the authority of the National Security Organization. President Saleh's nephew, Ammar Mohammad Abdullah Saleh, is the de facto head of the intelligence organization, which spends much of its energy attacking Saleh's political opponents, critics and journalists.

As they are denying there are any UPS flights out of Yemen, Yemeni police seized 26 suspect parcels , "A security source said that employees of an unnamed air transport company, and employees from the Sanaa airport cargo-handling division, had been detained for questioning by authorities Saturday."

US authorities confirmed the presence of PETN in at least one of the packages.

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By Jane at 10:39 AM | Comments |